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Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience

Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience

By The Little Bush Baby Company
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed national park in Southern Africa and where the rhino populations were saved from extinction in the 1960s. It is home to the Big 5 plus the majestic endangered Wild Dogs (also known as Painted Dogs), cheetahs and other African wildlife. You will join Ashley in his closed SUV vehicle on a relaxed yet immersive African experience searching for wildlife, big and small, taking in the vast landscape, the stunning flora and fauna, and soaking up the sightings, sounds and smells of the African bush. 'If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa'- John Hemingway.' After a day on safari, you will understand this sentiment, there is something truly magical about spending time out on safari, watching wildlife in its natural habitat, and going about its everyday tasks! Please note we will be searching for completely wild animals therefore no sightings are guaranteed.
R 4 500,00
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 16-100, max of 6 per group
Duration: 8–10 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Snack pack
  • Meat selection, salad selection, fresh bread
  • 2 bottles of water per person
  • Selection of soft drinks available with lunch
  • Selection of hot drinks and breakfast rusks
  • Entry/Admission - Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area
What's not included
  • Any items of a personal nature, curious, gratuities

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Please remain at the port, you don't need to get a transfer out as we will be there waiting to meet you.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Port of Richards Bay, Alton, Richards Bay, 3900, South Africa
    • Richards Bay Small Craft Harbour, 3554 Newark Rd, Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, Richards Bay, 3901, South Africa
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 291656P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      How much is Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience?
      Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience price starts from R 4 389,63. Discover and book Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience on Tripadvisor
      What is the Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience cancellation policy?
      Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience on Tripadvisor
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      Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience is hosted by The Little Bush Baby Company. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact The Little Bush Baby Company on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Shore Excursion Richards Bay Big 5 Safari Experience on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 291656P1

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      • 1
        Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area
        Stop: 8 hours - Admission included
        Take a relaxed drive around the reserve looking for the Big 5 plus smaller wildlife. You will learn about the area, why it is an important wildlife biome, and explore the flora and landscape. Recent wildlife sightings will dictate the side of the park we explore, either iMfolozi OR Hluhluwe's side.
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
      Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      • The Little Bush Baby Company
        St Lucia, South Africa
        Joined in January 2021
      • 32alyshaw
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience.
        Could not recommend this company more. Both Katie and Ashley are amazing to deal with. This was our first trip to Africa and they made us feel at ease and fall in love with it. Katie helped with all the logistics and Ashley was such an informative guide. We were blown away by his knowledge of all the animals, both big and small. They were also incredibly thoughtful and surprised us with so many little details that really went a long way. If you are headed to the iSimangaliso area, I highly suggest booking with them!
        Written 28 January 2024
      • maxie5
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The tour you can’t do without!
        We had a phenomenal private tour with Ashley in this National Game Park. We saw so many animals, birds, insects, and flora. Ashley knew it all and educated us about all the indigenous species. He was so easy to talk to and didn’t make us feel as if any of our questions were silly. We learned so much and had a truly delightful day.
        Written 21 January 2024
      • karenV6184ZA
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An amazing, personalized tour of St. Lucia plants and animals!
        My husband and I felt so fortunate to have a private tour with Ashley which focused on the animals and plants around St. Lucia. Our educational experience began and continued as we walked down to the roads, through the wooded trail, to the boardwalk, and out onto the beach and back to the cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Ashley as he shared his wealth of knowledge about the plants, the bird life, the insects, and other animals that inhabit St. Lucia. He packed us snacks and we enjoyed good conversation about South Africa and his experiences. We can’t recommend enough how wonderful this day was. Truly a highlight of our trip!! Thank you, Ashley!!!
        Written 29 November 2023
      • mror834
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        St Lucia to Sodwana Bay Travel
        Ashley is an exceptional guide. He is knowledgeable, hardworking and well thought out. My group felt safe for all 5 days in northeast South Africa because of Ashley. I would not go with anyone else. If you are planning a trip in the area I would strongly recommend booking your trip with Ashley!
        Written 15 November 2023
      • L8841MSsarahr
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The absolute best!
        Ashley was outstanding! Our group arranged a custom tour through the KwaZulu-Natal region, which included stops in St. Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Cape Vidal, Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, and Sodwana Bay. Ashley is an intelligent, insightful, thoughtful, and accommodating guide, who by the end of the trip felt more like a friend than a guide. We had the opportunity to meet his wife and business partner, who was also lovely. Ashley’s strength is his knowledge of and passion for the natural world. Whether a family, couple or group of friends, I would not hesitate booking a tour with Ashley.
        Written 15 November 2023
      • KevinL1811
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Top notch guide. More knowledge than you can imagine. Timely and organized. Can answer all your questions, knows the area and great for groups. Best guide we've had!
        Written 15 November 2023
      • M1818XPnicoler
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Ashley is the best
        I found Ashley via Tours By Locals. I contacted him and he was quick and thoughtful in his responses. Together, we came up with a plan and he made sure that it was safe, efficient and ultimately feasible given our goals. We seamlessly went from Durban to Isimangaliso to Hluhluwe Imfolozi to Sodwana Bay to Durban in five days. Ashley might be the most knowledge guide we have ever had over the years of traveling in many countries around the world. He taught us about all the animals and plants and gave us an appreciation for so many species outside of the big five. By the end of it, he didn’t feel like a guide but rather like a friend we were traveling with. We were all very sad to part ways and HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that other people go with Ashley because it will be the best experience.
        Written 13 November 2023
      • folusoa359
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing for families!
        Thanks to Katie and Ashley! My husband and I booked the private safari and had an amazing day at the game reserve with lots of animal sightings. We enjoyed learning lots from Ashley with his excellent knowledge and he was very easy to talk to. Our little 19 month old daughter was very comfortable and entertained during the tour. The tour was well paced; we had breaks with meal provided for a picnic stop and snacks during the ride. We will recommend Little bush baby service without reservation anytime. Thanks again!
        Written 20 June 2023
      • shannonm975
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Family Experience
        Our family safari experience was absolutely amazing. It was quite possibly the best experience we had in South Africa. Ash, our guide, did a fantastic job of ensuring that our trip was toddler friendly while at the same time being informative and engaging for the adults. We learned so much on our Safari and were able to see so many animals (4 of the big 5 and many, many others.) Katie, Ashley's wife, had fantastic recommendations for what to do and see that would be toddler appropriate. We would highly recommend this company, especially for those traveling with young children.
        Written 12 June 2023
      • Dream50224834074
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent experience
        Ashley is an extremely knowledgeable guide. He communicated with us several times before picking us up at our cruise port. Our tour was excellent and included information on animals, plants and local customs. We had a fantastic time chatting and learning about the area.
        Written 16 April 2023
      • CapeBoom
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great cottage, nice hosts and an awesome experience 😎
        Honestly couldn't imagine a better place to stay. I mean saint Lucia is beautiful as is but if you want to elevate your experience there go with Katie and Ashley's Little Bush baby. The cottage is beautiful, everything is clean and prepared for you when you arrive. Katie is always reachable and ready to help and guide to the nice places in Saint Lucia or helps with any other questions that may occur during your stay. Ashley is such a nice and awesome guy to be spend time with, it's always an delight talking with him. Also having him as a guide is such a great experience. He has so much knowledge and interesting facts and funfacts about the natur and wildlife of SA and local animals. Cheers Vincent 🐗! Honestly you need to experience it yourself. 10/10 would recommend everyone visiting Saint Lucia
        Written 21 March 2023
      • Mareerussell
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Richards Bay day safari
        We had an exceptional day with Ashley W.. as arranged, he was there to meet us at our cruise ship and took us on a wonderful day safari into HLUHLUWE UMFOLOZI PARK..We saw Elephants, Rhino’s, giraffes and impala’s just to name a few. Ashley provided a delicious picnic lunch which we enjoyed in a true African Setting..His knowledge of the Park, as well as the animals and plants in it was extraordinary.. we would not hesitate to recommend Ashley’s service to anyone seeking a great safari experience..
        Written 30 January 2023
      • OlivierF1325
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        To do absolutely
        Beautiful day with our extraordinary guide Ashley. Amazing flora and fauna with countless fascinating comments from Ashley. Meal at Cap Vidal To do absolutely
        Written 23 June 2022
      • paulgray1
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An excellent Safari guide
        Ashley is highly knowledgeable safari guide who took us to Hluhuwe/Imfolozi game reserve north of St Lucia. He collected us in a company vehicle he was working for. He was on time at the unearthly hour of 4 am and drove us up to the game reserve. We were probably the first there in the park and immediately got up close to giraffes. We did a 2.5hr game run before stopping for lunch and the same again before a lunch and then drove back through the reserve back to our guest house by 4pm. We saw 4 of the big 5 except a leopard seeing around 30 white rhino in different groups including one where a couple of them were mating. Ashley spotted game including a lion which was relaxing on a river bed and got us up close to many antelope, giraffe, wart hogs etc. He pointed out birdlime and flora of the bus and answered every question we threw at him. Undoubtedly, he was the best safari guide we have had over the years.
        Written 27 January 2022
      • Grayscalestories
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Night hippo hunting
        Took a 2 hour evening tour that started at 7pm. Our guide, Ashley, was exceptional, always having little tidbits of of information to share between sightings. He also knew exactly where to look to find the hippos, driving right up to them when they were located. All four of us (2 adults, 2 kids aged 12&16) enjoyed the excursion immensely. Definitely a something you don’t want to miss when in St. Lucia!
        Written 24 July 2021
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